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WHAT IS SUNANDA PUSHKAR DEATH CASE


Sunanda Pushkar was the wife of former Indian diplomat and Congress party leader Shashi Tharoor. 
 
Born on June 27, 1962, in a Kashmiri Pandit family, Sunanda moved from Bomai to Jammu in 1990 after the family's house was set on fire by militants. 
 
She was found dead in her suite at Delhi’s Leela Hotel on January 17, 2014.
 
Sunanda Pushkar's death has often been described as one of the most mysterious and controversial cases in recent times. Ever since her body was found in suite number 345 of Delhi's Leela Hotel, conspiracy theories and allegations have haunted her family.
 
Sunanda Pushkar's death
 
On January 16, 2014, Sunanda Pushkar and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar had a spat on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Shashi Tharoor. Sunanda accused Mehr of being an ISI agent and of stalking her. Mehr refuted the allegations, calling them 'absurd'. Hours later, the tweets were deleted from Sunanda's timeline. 
 
The following day, she was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Hotel Leela Palace in New Delhi. Two days later, the doctors who conducted a postmortem on her body at AIIMS said that it appeared to be a case of sudden, unnatural death. She had injury marks on her body and nominal traces of anti-anxiety drug Alprazolam were found in her stomach.
 
The case was handed over to the Delhi police. The case became murkier after an AIIMS doctor, Sudhir Gupta, claimed that he was being pressured to manipulate the autopsy report. Gupta said Pushkar had fifteen injury marks on her body, most of which did not contribute to death. But, there were two other marks — an injection mark and some bite marks - which aroused suspicion. The report also said that there was a presence of excess amount of alprazolam drug in her stomach.
 
On January 6, 2015, Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi said Pushkar did not commit suicide but was murdered. Meanwhile, Sunanda's viscera samples were sent to Washington for examination. FBI said that the radiation in her viscera samples was within permissible levels and did not cause her death.
 
Subramanian Swamy's allegations
 
Subramanian Swamy has maintained throughout that foul play was involved in Sunanda's death. He alleged that there was evidence she was murdered using Russian poison. He requested the Delhi High Court to hold a court-monitored SIT probe, however, the plea was turned down with the court terming his PIL as a “textbook example of political interest litigation”.
 
Delhi Police on Shashi Tharoor's involvement
 
On May 15, 2018, the Delhi Police charged Congress MP Shashi Tharoor with abetting the suicide of his wife. In a 3,000-page charge sheet, police also accused Tharoor of subjecting Pushkar to cruelty and sought to summon him to court. Tharoor has been charged under Sections 498-A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC, but has not been arrested in the case.
 

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